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“Attractive & handy, good food, but awful service!”

Iris at NC Museum of Art
Ranked #44 of 1,476 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed May 22, 2013

A perfect spot to enjoy lunch while visiting a wonderful Museum. It is handy... right as you enter the permanent collection.. and the decor follows that of the Museum. The menu is limited, but the food is good, and well presented on the plate.

But the service is awful! Our waiter was pleasant, but very slow. And he managed to get my order wrong three times! A very unpleasant experience. We expected better.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The ambiance is not that great, everything is white and spartan. Food was pretty good, as was the service. The attraction wa lunch followed by a stroll through the art - so it's worth it on that basis.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Not a grab your tray kind of place, the Iris is a white linen tablecloth kind of place. Their chef is wonderful and very creative. It is worth the trip to the museum just for lunch! Make reservations.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Our morning enjoying the art was let down by a very average lunch at Iris. I had what was effectively a tuna salad: the yellowfin tuna was described as poached in ginger, but it looked and tasted like tinned tuna with mild ginger flavoring. My partner had the lobster and asparagus omelette; the filling was nice but the omelette was tough. Most of the omelette/egg was left on the plate and our server didn't even ask whether it was OK or whether we enjoyed our meal.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Iris is a restaurant I had been wanting to try, but wasn't so sure about the big dollar signs for the dinner menu. A perfect compromise was brunch. I made reservations the day before and had no trouble at all finding a reasonable time slot. Our waitress was outstanding - she was direct and to the point and did not hover. She knew exactly what we needed to order based on what we told her of our preferences. We ordered the Oak City Benedict to share - and it was outstanding. It is a dish that should be shared rather than eaten alone because it is a lot of food. The presentation was elegant, the green tomato cut the richness of the biscuits and ham. We also ordered a side salad with walnuts and dried cranberries. Delicious. We loved that right after brunch we could spend the afternoon looking at timeless art (for free to boot!). I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a unique experience, with tasty food. I will be returning!

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Thank Autumn R
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